How to Plant a Crimson King Maple


The Crimson King maple is also known as the Norwegian maple. It is native to Europe and, according to Washington State University, is the most widely planted shade tree in the U.S. This maple tree is hardy between USDA zones 3 to 8 and grows between 40 to 60 feet tall, although it has been known to grow up to 90 feet tall. The Crimson King maple is known for its showy flowers in the spring and lovely fall foliage.

Step 1

Choose a place to plant the Crimson King maple. They need full to partial sun and well-drained soil that is sandy, clay or loamy. They can also handle slightly acidic or slightly alkaline soils, according to the University of Florida.

Step 2

Add 5 to 6 inches of compost to your soil and work it in to a depth of 2 feet to improve the drainage.

Step 3

Dig a hole for the Crimson King maple three times as wide as the root ball and 2/3 as deep.

Step 4

Place the maple in the hole and fill the hole with soil. Mound the soil over the remaining 1/3 of the tree's root ball and pat it down firmly. Make sure the soil over the root ball is 3 to 4 inches thick.

Step 5

Dig a trench with a 2 to 3 feet diameter around the Crimson King maple and fill it with water. Allow the water to soak into the ground, keeping it damp but not soaking.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Compost


  • Washington State University: Crimson King Maple
  • University of Connecticut: Norway Maple
  • University of Florida: Crimson King Maple

Who Can Help

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